Sunday, September 27, 2009


This band sounds a lot like Beirut, using the same vocal inflections as Zachary Condon. Fanfarlo is a bit more upbeat though. I'm not sure who is copying who... or if the similarities are merely coincidental.

I really like this song with its flowing vocals and bursts of excitement. Also, the album cover is nice, at first glance, but then I noticed the crow mask thing, which seems like a "The Knife" rip-off and a bit overly dramatic. I'm such a bitch. The fact that their name possesses my name scores some points.

Fanfarlo - "Ghosts", 2009

Dodie Stevens

This song rocks. A nice little wholesome pre-gay-realization ditty.

Dodie Stevens - "Pink Shoelaces", 1959

Friday, September 25, 2009


Ninotchka - "I've Got Wings", 1997

This is one of my most favorite songs ever. The song is very upbeat and shoegazey in a very poppy yet noisy way. The sound is different from other Shoegaze bands, and it was released at a time when sounding dream poppy was not very hip. The guitars or whatever that noise is is mesmerizing. This band only released one single and this link is the only other information I can find on them:

There is another band named Ninotchka that appears to be still together. I appreciate them also as they explore many genres with their music. There are many free downloads on their website: Cinderella, One Girl Rumba, and Capricorn are my favorites.
Ninotchka - "One Girl Rumba", 2004

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards released an album this year, featuring "Early November" and its dreamy video.

Here's another dreamy, beautifully shot, 70s style video from her previous album. This song was big in Japan, according to wikipedia.

I really appreciate it when a performer has a consistent look and feel to all of the promotional materials and artwork that coincides with their albums. This cover artwork and video shoot are similar in thought. There is a really cohesive feel to her music and visual artwork, showing that they/she really cared about the presentation of her artform.

Miranda Lee Richards - "The Long Goodbye", 2001
Miranda Lee Richards - "Ella", 2001

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rainbow Toy Poodles

I kept on seeing this Rainbow Poodle picture on friends' facebook pages and I didn't know where the picture was from or what it meant... and I still don't... so I googled "rainbow poodles" and found this equally hilarious photo. This website is real. note the american flag background in the picture.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Big Pink - Dominos

The big single of the month. It's being heralded as the equivalent to 2009 as what MGMT's "Time to Pretend" was to 2008. This one is a bit more catchy though. I like this band.

see also The Big Pink - Too Young To Love

Monday, September 14, 2009

We Have Band

We Have Band - You Came Out (Official Music Video) from We Have Band on Vimeo.

Great video for a great song. However, as expected, I still like the demo version better. This is my favorite new band... all of their songs are good (that I've heard). Their first ep is released this week on itunes only.
We Have Band - "You Came Out (demo)", 2008

Zalatnay Sarolta

Hungarian Popstar with longevity. It's unclear to me whether she is Sarolta Zalatnay or Zalatnay Sarolta, as I cannot tell which is her first and last name and she seems to be mentioned in both manners without consistency all over the internet.

This song is a live version, and it's the only one I seem to be able to find. Really great hand claps. There's a pretty good video of it on youtube.
Zalatnay Sarolta - "Boogie Woogie Láz", 1982

To show her versatility, here's another one, from the 60s.
Zalatnay Sarolta - "Hol Jar Ás Ezem", 1966

...and one from the 70s, a bit more aggressive
Sarolta Zalatnay - "Sracok Oh Sracok", 1971

Thoughts for today. Glee, Education, and Myspace

I just watched the season premiere episode of Glee. It's a good show. I would recommend it. It doesn't bury itself within the stigmas of either drama or comedy... so I guess it's a "dramedy". The show takes place at an American High School and the main character is a foxy Glee Club and Spanish teacher. There are many personal dilemmas amongst the cast of well-rounded characters. The best thing about the show is that it presumes intelligence upon the audience. The jokes are good and sometimes subtle and they made me laugh out loud. Hopefully, if the show is successful, there will be renewed interest in the Glee Clubs that seem to be dwindling from the curriculums of High Schools in this country.

Earlier today, my roommate informed me that she was the only art teacher at her high school, and she only teaches seniors... so there is absolutely no art education for any students from grades 9-11... and in grade 12 it is an elective. That's fucked up. The public school systems need to realize that art education is a core value and should be treated that way. I believe it should be mandatory at all schools. What is the purpose for people to go to school? To learn. Why do we have different courses? Because human brains are expansive and individual and in order to expand, they need to be shown a variety of ways of thinking. Math, Science, English, History, and the Arts are simply different ways of seeing the world. Art & Music lets people express themselves... it lets shine the basic, most important, lights of humanity. All of the answers are in art... and it's just a different way of thinking from math or science or english and should not be downplayed in our society. By shortening the level of art's priority in the educational system, people are being denied their rights to think the way that they think. It's as if we are being told that art is not important because it's already there in our heads. It's already in everyone's life. True. However, with the mind being clouded by all the other ways of thinking in schools, it is easy to forgot the core of human existence. We were created by formulas.. but people created the names and titles for them. We were created by cells but people created names. History is important, but once again, we, people, created our history. We need to bring it back to the center... and realize that art has the answers to human existence also... we just don't have the names for it. Art brings out the unexplainable. All courses are important in letting the mind explore the different realms of human existence and the means of explaining why we are here and how the world works.

Unrelated thoughts: Myspace has become a great historical archive for everyone's lives approximately 1 year ago when facebook somehow took over the social networking phenomenon. It's like a ghost town with all these unchanged remnants of what people were doing then: who they were talking to, who their "top friends" were, and their daily lives.

Friday, September 11, 2009


I have always liked Furslide and have found myself listening to these two songs in particular lately:

Furslide - "Hawaii", 1998
Furslide - "Faith", 1998

This band is a bit more lyrically based than what I listen to usually, but I really love the string arrangements and the quiet, beautiful, yet slightly disturbing, undertones. Jennifer Turner also sings unlike anyone I can think of. Her style is clear and emotive but distant and restrained at the same time. Although these two songs are similar, their one album is really quite diverse and good... and its cd case is like a hardcover book... and it's produced by Nellee Hooper.